Friday, September 14, 2012

A Brand New Season.... A List For Fall

A Brand New Season
A List for Fall

At the turn of the seasons, it’s safe to assume none of us could ever be as fortunate as the Banks family of Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London.  Living next door as they did to Admiral Boom, they were always kept well apprised of a change in the wind.  A retired sea captain, the Admiral maintained a rapier watch on the weather from the roof of his blue Victorian, sounding a cannon in the event of significant changes, particularly when they were dramatic enough to blow Mary Poppins down from the sky, one hand confidently grasping her talkative parrot head umbrella as she floated down through the grey clouds over London. Of course, he also fired that cannon everyday at noon, the novelty of which would have seriously worn off by the time Miss Poppins arrived, I have no doubt.  
But had he been around today, I’m quite sure Saturday’s sunset would have set Admiral Boom to bellowing.  For it was a sunset like few others, a sunset that saw the smoke-coloured clouds of a final summer storm pushed away to the east by the unseen hands of the first cool winds of autumn.  I stood stock still on a hillside and watched it happen.  In less than thirty minutes, those winds lifted the heavy blanket of the last sweltering day and blew it off into history.  The early evening sky turned to the colours of fall, flame orange and golden.
It was dramatic.
It was glorious.
I ran inside and threw open each window as wide as I could. 
 If I’d had a cannon like old Admiral Boom, I’d have set it off with a laugh.
  My favourite time of the whole of the year is now here and there is so much to look forward to. 
 Here’s a list of just a few of the treats I’ve recently discovered in celebration of this brand new season of fall!

 1. Mary Poppins Weathervane
Well, how perfect is this? 
 Next best thing to the Admiral, I’d say.
Find it HERE.

2. Colourful Wooden Spoons
Though I am a enthusiastic baker any time of the year, I think I love it most in autumn. 
The whole house is redolent with the fragrances of cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, and cloves. 
Soup simmers.  Bread rises.
  It makes me happy just to think of all the time I’ll be spending in my kitchen these next few chilly months.  
As I like to collect spatulas and wooden spoons, these caught my eye.
Aren’t they great?
Find them HERE
3. The Perfect Fall Teapot
I mean, really!
Could there be a better teapot for an autumn afternoon?
Find it HERE

4. Love This Bracelet!
It’s wooden!
Find it HERE

5. Pencils
One of the best lines Nora Ephron ever wrote about the deliciousness of autumn...
“I’d like to buy you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils”. 
I know exactly what she meant. 
As someone who cannot seem to resist all manner of school supplies when September arrives, I went out last week and bought several boxes of freshly sharpened black pencils and arranged them like flowers in an antique Weller Woodland vase that sits by my favourite chair. 
They make me smile.
Get Some For Yourself HERE.

6. New Magazines
There is a delightful new trend in magazine publishing just now.
  Put together by writers and artists of the first order, these quarterly issues are printed on beautiful paper and feature writing and photography that celebrate creativity and domesticity.  
You’ll want to keep each issue, they’re like wonderful little books.
  Here are three of the best...

The folks at Kinfolk describe themselves as “a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings”.
 The magazine celebrates this aesthetic beautifully with exquisite photography and excellent writing.
See More HERE

A magazine “for the creative and curious... to spark the imagination and inspire creativity”
See more HERE

“Celebrating local living through writing, photography and the arts, both fine and domestic” 
 Wonderful stories around a central theme for each issue, with poetry and recipes included.
See more HERE

7.  The Eye Has To Travel
The incomparable Diana Vreeland.
I cannot wait for this film!
See the trailer HERE.


                                                             8.  Love This Bear!
I probably should have saved this till Christmas,
 but I simply couldn't resist sharing this adorable bear with you.
My heart just melts.
His name is Frosty and he comes with a little snowman friend named George.
I think I'm in love.
Could it be that he reminds me of Edward?
Find Him HERE

9. A Favourite Fall Photo
Finally, this photograph of Paul and Linda just makes me happy.
It seems to capture how I feel about fall.
Sun on my face, sweaters, boots, beards, animals, a mug of tea, and love. 

An Autumn Book List Coming Next!
Plus .... some really big news, really soon!
Stay Tuned!


  1. Yay for fall! I'm with you.....Staying tuned.

  2. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I am now going into Spring which isn't so bad considering that winter seems to have lasted a year.
    Summer will be here soon and it too, will last forever :) I think the seasons are longer here :)

    What a bittersweet sigh, Paul and Linda !
    I want the bracelet and the teapot ..

    check your emailbox.
    besos. C

  3. fall is my season. it is perfect in every way. i never tire of it. and start anticipating it at the end of july! not in the 'power of now' at all. lol. eckhart tolle would be ashamed of me. no he wouldn't. he's too kind. i'm reading his book at the moment. missed it before. it's wonderful.
    i'm in love with those wooden spoons. and yes! the bear is secretly edward merely disquised as a bear!!!
    love and hugs to you four,
    in your favorite season,
    tammy j
    can't wait for your book list.

  4. Hello Pamela:
    This is such a wonderfully eclectic, autumnal post and with all of these links something to return to again and again for inspiration throughout the coming months. But if we had to settle for one thing this morning, then it would be a 'bouquet' of freshly sharpened pencils. Perfect.

  5. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. It just oozes coziness. I need that teapot, seriously. And the picture of Paul and Linda brings a lump to my throat. Such love and comfort.
    Thank you.

  6. She is back with her list and it is as perfect as ever! I picked up the past issues of Kinfolk in the UK and loved them. So happy to see I have more to read. I can feel the tea brewing, the baking starting and the clink clink of the knitting needles. I love that this is my third autumn with you Pamela! Can't wait for your latest project!!!

    Jeanne xx

  7. All the 39 years I lived in the US, fall was my favourite season, coming after a hot, humid, sweltering summer, but without masses of snow and ice or buckets of rain. The tree colours; the crisp air; new school clothes, notebooks and pens, new textbooks and a locker to decorate. Your post makes me homesick!

    Here in Britain where summer is fleeting if it comes at all, autumnm is just the signal that whatever was is all there will be. The trees don't turn as dramatically and the change of season is not as noticeable, just sliding into a cooler and cooler routine, but with hot hiccups not and then. One's closet is full of multi-season clothes. Still, I always enjoy wearing my boots and long skirts and so I shall tidy those up with some anticipation.

  8. Strange but Frosty does look a lot like Edward. Polar bear genes ?

  9. Sharp pencils, that lovely photo of Paul and Linda - and Edward in his shiny bow tie - happy Autumn Pamela.

  10. I discovered an interesting new magazine recently (most likely from someone's blog post) called "Souvenir"--not necessarily about souvenirs brought home. Published in the UK, I believe. Can be found by Google-ing. Very new, only second or third issue out. But pricey--$26.95 to order, and that doesn't include postage from the UK. Maybe I can find a copy across the Pond next month!

  11. I love the little bear also, his face reminds me of my dog.

    The bracelet is wonderful, but not the price, although being handcrafted I am sure it is worth every penny. There is an oak leather carryall on the bracelet site and it is beautiful. I think it could even tempt Mary Poppins swap out her carpet bag.

  12. What a beautiful collection of all things Autumnal Pamela. A favourite time of the year for me too ....... our son got married in the Autumn so it holds wonderful memories. Hydrangeas, seed heads, haystacks and harvest and so much more.
    I really look forward to your Autumn book list and am intrigued by your really big news ! What can it be ? XXXX

  13. I do love fall and all the books, magazines, and products for the home that come out at this time. Love that weathervane and the tea pot. I can't wait to see the Diana Vreeland film and I agree that that photo of the Linda and Paul captures the country spirit of fall. Can't wait to hear your news!

  14. As always, Pamela, I loved your post, and have set it aside for further exploration. The season is incredibly satisfying.....

  15. Very interesting and thought provoking list. I hope we all have things to enjoy this autumn.

  16. Any post about Autumn makes me so happy, and this post incites large amounts of happiness.
    I hope you hurry with your big news. I hate teasers!! LOL!
    I do want that teapot, btw.

  17. O't wait..Lovely and snug fall post..thank you..:))

  18. I totally enjoy your lists - and the bear is too much to resist. Paul and Linda's photo - my favorite season as well.

  19. There is an addiction about pencils. When there have been hard times I have been known to literally spend my last dollar on a dozen yellow pencils and then deliciously sharpen each one. Somehow they speak of better times. Lists to make receipes to copy and a future to enjoy. Sharpen on!

  20. Hi Pamela! Nice blog. I love those photos and very interesting. I love it! Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

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  21. Happy almost Autumn to you! I believe I took my last ocean swim yesterday and our leaves are just turning. It was interesting to hear about those new magazines in this digital age. I'm looking forward to your autumn book list.

  22. The bracelet there and teapot are unique. Is that wooden bracelet flexible?

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